Lynchburg Junior Achievement

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Mortgage and Lending with American National Bank-Lynchburg, Virginia

The Lynchburg Chapter of Junior Achievement needs your help. 

I am a new board member for Junior Achievement here in Lynchburg, Virginia (as of August) and we have had to make a difficult decision. Yesterday, we had to issue the following press release:

 

October 30, 2008

After 40 years of teaching students the principles of entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workforce readiness, the board of Junior Achievement of Virginia's Piedmont has voted to begin dissolving the organization as of October 31, 2008.  Unless sufficient operating funds are raised, this process is expected to be completed by November 15. This decision was made necessary due to a shortfall of donations despite the board's efforts in the Spring and Fall campaigns and attempts to pursue other strategic alternatives.

Even in the face of these challenges, JA was able to reach 5,199 children last school year, and has already touched 1,220 students this school year.  Demand for the programs is ever increasing.  Over the last few weeks, the requests for JA programs K-12 for the fall semester have doubled over this time last year. Teachers and principals are calling upon JA to help educate our community youth.   The need to teach our students these valuable skills is greater than ever especially in this day and under these economic conditions, it is more important than ever for young people in the United States to understand the concepts of budgeting, affordability and responsible spending

Questions can be directed to the Junior Achievement office at 434-846-4813.

I am posting this in the ActiveRain forum because there isn't a group of people that represent the entrepreneurial spirit like Realtors and Mortgage Lenders.  This is program is such a valuable resource to the community and I would be a shame if it closed locally.

If you are able to help with a donation, it will be very much appreciated.  If you are not able to personally help, please pass this information to your co-workers, family and friends that may be able to help.

Thanks for your time and help!!!

Jay M. Brown

 

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